You go to work, you do your work, and you come home wondering where this is all going. You wonder what your next step is. What you can be doing to elevate your career. So, you ask your manager. And your manager stares at you blankly and points you to your projects. You’re confused and head back to your desk. It is too easy to continue this routine until you get frustrated with your current situation and start looking elsewhere. Related: Unhappy With Your Career? Manage Up! What's the problem with this story? You’re not managing your career. You’re doing your work. You’re talking to your manager, but you aren’t actively managing your career. You’re actually looking for your boss to manage it for you. Problem is: Your boss is busy managing his or her own career. So… you need to start managing yours. You need to own it.
Those who say “quitters never win” are fooling themselves. If you stick something out just because you’re afraid of giving up—and it’s something that no longer serves you—you’re wasting your time. And ultimately, you lose. Sure, you’re not a quitter. But you sure as hell aren’t winning either. Related: 6 Strategies For Surviving In A Job You Hate When it comes to work, quitting is sometimes the best move you can make. Often, it’s a necessary step for forward movement, growth, and pursuing your life’s purpose. Still, as we all know, quitting sometimes really isn’t an option. Not because it isn’t the right thing to do; sometimes, you just can’t feasibly move on. Maybe you just can’t financially afford to leave your current job. Or maybe the health insurance coverage isn’t something you can give up. Or maybe the stress of leaving right now would be far worse than the stress of simply sticking it out for a while longer. These things happen. This is reality.
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Self-improvement has become a national hobby. On Amazon alone, for example, 134,989 titles are currently available when the search term, “self-improvement” is entered in the search bar. We are obsessed with become “better” at everything from meditation to sex, from sleep to success. Related: Why Do You Need A Career Development Plan ASAP? Professional development doesn’t have to be offered by your company in order for you to take advantage of the many opportunities that are available to you. Online learning of every description is exploding right now, and as a result, there is no excuse for you not to continue to learn, grow, and hone your skills to help you prepare for your next job or promotion. Remembering the fact that “every job is temporary,” you cannot afford to languish in any position for long without taking some proactive steps toward developing yourself. Here are four suggestions that you might want to consider:
Businesses all over the country rate lack of future leadership as one of their top concerns, according to Forbes.com. Good leaders are hard to find and are becoming increasingly valuable to their companies. Related: 6 Leadership Traits You (The Employee) Need To Develop On-The-Job If you can showcase your leadership skills to a new employer, you have a better chance at achieving a successful career you desire. Learn how to be the leader every employer wants with the tips below: